Atmalogy Book Club: October 2015

This month we read Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler.

It was a great read, a hard read, perhaps, if you aren’t into downfall of society, anarchy, post apocalyptic shit. But I am, I guess, so it was a fantastic read for me.

We touched upon many themes, including:

hyper-empathy,
religion,
Lauren Olamina’s Earthseed vision,
government,
the privilege of community programs like firefighters & police,
packing a go bag,
protecting children in a savage society,
the ramifications of prevalent violence,
being hungry and what it might make us do,
corporation slavery,
drought,
wildfires,
love & sex,
choosing your community & travel companions,
target practice,
guns,
procreating in desolate times,
denial,
seas of people walking on an empty interstate

It was a good discussion, and I’m putting the second book in the series, Parable of the Talents, on my to-read list. Sadly Ms. Butler didn’t get to finish her trilogy, so Lauren’s fate is undecided. I’ll leave you with a quote that I really enjoyed from the book:

God is neither good
nor evil,
neither loving
nor hating.
God is Power.
God is Change.
We must find the rest
of what we need
within ourselves,
in one another,
in our Destiny.

Eileen by Ottessa MoshfeghJoin us next month (in person at Atmalogy in Nashville or virtually, if you wish) for the novel Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh. It’s supposed to be a dark, well-written thriller. I’m excited.

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